Meditation Techniques for Sleep and Stress Reduction

In our lives, we all face stressful situation, ranging from minor annoyance like traffic jams to serious worries, such as loved ones graved illness.NO matter, what would be the reason, stress floods your body with unwanted hormones. Your heart pounds, your breathing speeds up, and your muscles tense. Common symptoms of stress include depression, insomnia, tension, work mistakes, poor concentration, and apathy, among many others 
This is so called “stress response” which hit hard to our normal daily life. To all of us, stress is unplest part of our daily existence. There is no possibility of avoiding all stress factors in our lives, nor would we want to. 
Stress causes insomnia, too much stress, however, can make us tense and anxious and can cause sleep problems. It may lead to sleepless night, which could damage our entire body management. 
But there are healthier ways to respond to it. One way is to invoke the “relaxation response”, which is in professional language called Meditation. The Meditation response is opposite to the stress response and helps drastically to overcome the menace of this pain. 
Meditation available to all of us, anywhere and anytime. In fact, many people find, learning meditation relaxes the mind and body. Basic meditation techniques leads not only to reduce stress, but also to cure insomnia. Here’s everything you need to know to follow to cure stress and insomnia. 


1 Breath convergence. It is a powerful technique, you take long, slow, deep breaths (also called as belly breathing). As you breathe, your mind gently disengage and led to distraction of thoughts and sensations. Focusing on breath, can be especially helpful for people with sleeping disorders. It helps them to focus on their bodies in a more positive way. However, this technique may not be appropriate for those with health problems, such as respiratory ailments or heart failure.


2. Scanning body. It is a bland of breath focus with progressive muscle relaxation. After a few minutes of deep breathing, you start focusing on single part of the body or group of muscles at a time and it makes your mind to access relaxation. It makes you free from anxiety. A body scan can help in boosting your awareness for the mind-body connection. 


3. Mindfulness meditation. This process involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing, and bringing your mind’s thoughts to converge at present moment. Without drifting into concerns about the past or the future. This form of meditation has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. It may be helpful for people with anxiety, depression, and pain.


4. Yoga, tai chi, and qigong. These are the three ancient arts, which combine rhythmic breathing with a series of postures or flowing movements of body. The physical aspects of these practices furnish a mental focus that can help distracting you from running thoughts. These techniques can also improve your flexibility and balance. But if you are not normally active and have health problems, these relaxation techniques might be too challenging. Check with your doctor before starting them.

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